Started off going all the way up North to the Scottish highlands for a winter skills course. Wasn't anything major, just use of crampons and ice axe, arresting falls and digging a shelter. It was supposed to be a two-day course, but bad weather (really strong winds) ensured that our second day was a nice flat-ground 16km walk instead. Really pretty place, too bad I didn't really have time to stop by the cities/coast (but memories of 1st year geology field trip, with sleet in our faces while slipping on pillow lavas along the Ayrshire coast, are still fairly fresh in mind). I have been assured by Sister Ann from our chaplaincy that Edinburgh is the prettiest city in the UK, and I would love to have the chance to visit the Scottish mountains again sometime.
|Somewhere on the way up in the Cairngorm Mountains.|
|A shelter I dug for myself using the ice axe.|
|RED SQUIRREL (Sciurus vulgaris)!! Right outside the youth hostel.|
After the communications isolation (3G is pretty poor up in the North), I went for a retreat with my church to Worth Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in South London. I have never been for a church retreat before, and even church camps back in Singapore were few (my year only had one or two I think, in the 9 or so years of catechism instead of the usual annual camp). The peace and spiritual rejuvenation was probably much needed, and I really enjoyed it, even the early morning prayers.
Then it was back to communications isolation, this time not even having reception in the far reaches of Northumberland. The Northernmost bit of England, right next to the Scottish border. Really nice scenery, good hikes, and good company – all that is needed to make one happy. Or maybe just me.
|Typical English countryside|
|On a misty/drizzly day on the way up Windy Gyle.|
|At Russell's Cairn - Pour toi mon frère (for you my brother)|
|Northumberland coastal walk from Low Newton back to Craster|
|Singapore Day 2014 at Victoria Park, London|
|Loads of Singaporeans. For once, I was in the majority.|
|Gutted to see this sign. Ran out right before me :(|
|(: I'm not alone in the way I think. Thanks for spending time with me in London!|
|It was a really nice tree to climb.|
Gonna be spending my birthday on a field trip again, geology trip to Dorset this time. Gonna be my last geology field trip, and I am quite sad about it :( The geologists are a fun bunch and the department is hands down the best in the whole university. I am still convinced though that conservation is my calling and not rocks, though I would like to dabble in geology if I could...
Not quite looking forward to Easter term nor exams. Not sure who would be, though being in Cambridge, I'm sure there will be people who are.